Normally, you would be reading the stats on our next town, Nauvoo, AL, and then praying with us. However, if you live in Alabama, and perhaps even if you don’t, you know that we are in the midst of what is being called a civil emergency. Significant snow and ice was forecasted to go much farther south, and we would only get a dusting. By the time those of us in central Alabama, which includes pretty much all of the metro-B’ham area, realized the forecast was wrong, it was too late. Road conditions quickly became hazardous, with thousands of commuters getting stranded. In some cases, the situation has turned tragic. For many, it has turned into a nightmare. We would be remiss if we did not use this post to pray for all of those affected by this scary snow situation.
Lord God, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, You are still our shelter and our refuge. While this winter weather event took everyone by surprise, it didn’t surprise You. You ordained it, knowing the chaos and even the tragedy that it would cause. Still, we choose to accept Your sovereign plan, and to worship You because You are worthy of all worship.
We declare that You are our refuge and our fortress; our God, in Whom we trust! You are a very present help in time of trouble. We pray that You would deliver all of those who are currently ensnared and trapped by the road conditions and stranded vehicles. Holy Spirit, please cover every single person out there under Your wings, and let them find refuge in you. So many people are fearful and anxious right now. Let them feel Your presence, Lord, and let them know You truly will not leave them or forsake them.
Father God, we pray that You would give charge to Your angels concerning not only those who are still stranded, but also to all the emergency responders and good samaritans who are working as fast as they can to rescue people. Please give them strength, wisdom and peace in the midst of the chaos. We pray for a supernatural hedge of protection around them and the people they are still trying to get to. We have already heard tragic stories of some who didn’t make it overnight, and so we pray, Lord, that there wouldn’t have to be any other such stories.
God, we need Your mercy. I’ve been trying to write this post all day, but just get overwhelmed as I hear more stories and see more pictures. All I know to do is to cry out: Lord, have mercy! You are a merciful God, and we desperately need Your mercy and Your grace in this situation. I also keep coming back to Romans 8:28: You cause all things to work together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We do rejoice because we have seen tremendous kindness and generosity come out of this nightmare. But we pray that even more, Your hand and Your faithfulness would be seen and recognized in undeniable ways through this situation. Use it to turn more hearts to You and to declare Your great name over our area.
We pray this in Your faithful and merciful name, Amen.